de·​bone (ˌ)dē-ˈbōn How to pronounce debone (audio)
deboned; deboning; debones

transitive verb

: bone
debone a roast
deboner noun

Examples of debone in a Sentence

Have the butcher debone the lamb for you.
Recent Examples on the Web On July 14, 2023, Duvan Robert Tomas Perez, a 16-year-old migrant from Guatemala, was killed while cleaning a chicken deboning machine at Mar-Jac’s plant in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, according to a wrongful death lawsuit, McClatchy News previously reported. Julia Marnin, Miami Herald, 20 May 2024 Advertisement Investigators discovered children deboning poultry at the plant after visiting the facility in the city of Irwindale on Mar. 20 for a civil search warrant, the lawsuit said. Suhauna Hussain, Los Angeles Times, 4 Apr. 2024 The Times' account included details of a 14-year-old boy who was maimed while cleaning a conveyor belt in a deboning area at a Perdue slaughterhouse in rural Virginia. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 21 Feb. 2024 The teenage sanitation employee at the Mar-Jac Poultry processing plant died on July 14, 2023, after getting caught in a rotating shaft in the facility's deboning area, according to the agency. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 16 Jan. 2024 Gochujang Chicken Thigh Skewers Buying skin-on, bone-in thighs and deboning them for this recipe is worth it for the skin, which crisps deliciously on the grill. Ian Knauer, WSJ, 4 Jan. 2024 In two poultry plants in La Puente and City of Industry, federal authorities alleged, kids as young as 14 were illegally working dangerous jobs, deboning chicken and operating heavy machinery. Kevinisha Walker, Los Angeles Times, 16 Dec. 2023 Investigators alleged in court affidavits that employees told investigators that minors deboned chicken, worked overtime six days a week and did not attend school, and that some of those children had been injured on the job. Laura Strickler, NBC News, 4 Dec. 2023 Whole flounder is fried to a crisp, deboned and delivered to the table with a flotilla of fresh herbs, woven rice noodles and lettuce to accompany the snowy fish. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1944, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of debone was in 1944

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“Debone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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